For well over a year I had a tofu press on my Amazon wishlist because I do enjoy tofu but do not enjoy having to find heavy objects to balance on top of it to press the water out. That method only works somewhat, because eventually the paper towels and kitchen towels become too saturated and the balance of moisture just hangs, wrapped around the outside of the tofu itself. But unwilling to spend $25 plus shipping on what was just two pieces of plastic, some bolts, and wing nuts, I finally set out to Lowe’s one night to acquire the materials needed, based on this model.
From there I got four 4″ bolts (I can’t remember the width now), and four wing nuts that are the same width as the bolts (the actual bolt width isn’t as important as making sure the nut width matches though) for less than $10. Then, I headed over to Carolina Pottery, a regional chain that has a substantial home goods section to peruse their selection of cutting boards. Wood or plastic, I was just on the hunt for something that had a hefty thickness, but not too much surface area, that could be drilled into without cracking. It was a tall order, but I found an 8×10″ wooden cutting board for $5.99 and brought it home.
A few days later, Patrick sawed the board in half for me, putting the task back into my hands. I pulled out the big drill and found a bit that was large enough to match the width of the bolts and set out to drilling one hole in each corner, inset enough from the edge that it wouldn’t split. However, I made a major mistake here, one that shouldn’t be repeated.
Instead of clamping both halves of the boards together and drilling through both at once to make sure the holes lined up, I relied on the error of marking measurements. So heed my advice, clamp, vice, or tape your boards together, drilling solidly through BOTH at once, or you’ll end up with a janky looking tofu press, much like myself.
But looks aside, it works pretty well. I set this contraption over a bowl to let the water drip in, and tightened the wing nuts every few minutes, trying not to smash the tofu too much. I didn’t exactly time how long I left it in, but it was around 30 minutes due to losing track of time, and when it seemed sufficiently pressed, it was time to throw it into the grill pan.
To make it look extra appealing I used the grill pan to put these authentic grill marks on them, but a regular frying pan with a little oil would do just as well for all intents and purposes.Behold.
Glorious. These aren’t marinated in anything, but that’s going to be next. So delicious. So easy. However, I think I might get two small plastic cutting boards and drill them correctly to make it look nicer so people will stop making fun of my wonky device. HOORAY!